The most arrogant thing a writer can do is . . .

Not think about their audience

Apparently this is more taboo than responding negatively to negative reviews, or out and out bashing every other writer in the business.

Apparently by writing without thinking about your audience you are essentially saying,

“I am so fantastic that my audience will love everything I write because I am the bomb diggity of writing, and my wordsmithing is bucc yo.”

I disagree.


Because when I began writing I didn’t think about my audience.

I write for myself because at the end of the day the only person that has to be happy with my book is me. It may not make the rest of the world happy but if my story touches even one person’s life then what I’m doing is worth it.

Is bending over backwards trying to please an intangible audience really worth it? I don’t think so.

Cyril Connelly said, “Better to write for the self and have no public, than write for the public and have no self.”

What do you think?

Comments ( 6 )

  • Andrew Bass says:

    I agree. Writing to please an audience is a dangerous practice. Writing what YOU love is the only way to be truly authentic.

  • Thomas Wilson says:

    I dissagree with Writing for your audience. I haven't been writing long, but when I began I started with the premise I would write the book I would love to read that hadn't been written yet. When I get that excited feeling you get when you're reading a really good book I know I am on the right path. The best part is it lasts much longer as writing a novel takes much longer than

  • laura thomas says:

    I am not a writer so I can not really comment on your audience. But I do love how you put it. Bomb diggity!!

  • Chrystal says:

    I wholeheartedly agree! :)

  • RhiannonPaille says:

    Aw, thanks guys for agreeing. I mean yes we can argue that some writers are arrogant, but definitely not the majority of them, especially not when majority of writers are doing it because they love it, not to make money.<br /><br />@Laura: glad like my word choices! <br /><br />@Thomas: I get that feeling ALL the time! <br /><br />Stay warm everyone!

  • Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue says:

    I think there&#39;s a fine difference between writing FOR an audience and writing TO an audience. I believe that an author should tell the story his/her characters demand they tell, but what I DON&#39;T believe in is changing characters, their actions, etc because a portion of the audience wants it. <br /><br />For example, love triangles in YA novels – I&#39;ve heard that a lot of authors

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